VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at Ruth Hospice

8300 W Beloit Road

West Allis, WI 53219

When hospice patients need care beyond what can be managed at home, VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit at Ruth Hospice allows us to offer an inpatient level of care in order to stabilize symptoms and return the patient to his or her home setting.

Patients may be admitted 24 hours a day from any setting—hospital, doctor’s office, home or nursing home. When caregivers need a break, our inpatient units offer up to five days of respite care to VITAS patients living at home.

We know that a medical crisis has brought you to one of our VITAS inpatient hospice units. Our goal is to support you and your family through this difficult time.

Are you visiting someone on hospice?

Meet the VITAS Inpatient Team

A VITAS IPU team manager

Team Manager

The team manager oversees all patient care in the inpatient hospice unit.
A VITAS physician


The physician closely monitors the progression of the patient’s illness, prescribes appropriate medications and coordinates care with other members of the team.
A VITAS hospice nurse

Hospice Nurse

The hospice nurse is skilled in assessing and managing pain and other symptoms. A nurse may also help with personal care.
A VITAS social worker

Social Worker

The social worker acts as a friendly and skilled listener and provides emotional support.
A VITAS chaplain


The chaplain ministers to the spiritual needs of patients and families of all faiths, and can work with their clergy.
A VITAS bereavement specialist

Bereavement Specialist

The bereavement specialist provides grief and loss support to the patient's loved ones.
A VITAS volunteer


The hospice volunteer can bring music or a Paw Pals animal companion, and spends quality time with the patient and family.
The VITAS Care Team